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Getting Healthy!

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

It’s time to start to…

GET  HEALTHY  AT:

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Are you ready for this???  It’s Monday and I think that’s the best day to start.  Why wait until the middle of the week?  So… Let’s get this started, shall we?  Throughout the coming weeks we can all share tips, recipes, etc.  Be sure to check in often since I’m planning to post biweekly.  In blog postings I’m going to share with you my goals for the upcoming week(s).  Feel free to share your own plans in comments as I think it will be beneficial for us to all work together!  Some of us might be looking to exercise more.  Some of us might be looking to lose some weight.  (I’m wanting to drop 20 lbs.)  Some of us might be looking to maintain our weight through diet and exercise.  Whatever we are looking for I think we can all stay motivated with a support system!  A dandy support system!  😉

Here are my goals for this week:

  • I’m going to start tracking again.  Tracking EVERYTHING.  I’m a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and have their app on my phone, so it makes it very easy to track.
  • I’m going to eat healthier.  The fridge is stocked with some fresh fruit (blackberries, blueberries, apples, strawberries, oranges) and I’ll be reaching for the fruit in place of candy treats.
  • I’m going to workout on the elliptical at least 3 times this week.

I’ll touch base with you all in a mid week posting.  Just to let you know how it’s going.  And you can do the same in the comments on that posting.  🙂   Then next Monday I’ll be posting my weigh in.  Fingers crossed this week goes well!

 What are your goals for this week???

Leave a comment to let us all know!  🙂  Oh and good luck to all!

RightSize {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Since my husband works a rotating shift and doesn’t have a very consistent schedule, it can be difficult for either of us to maintain any sort of fitness regime.  We can’t seem to find a good time to work out or go for a walk, and our big meal of the day is either lunch or dinner depending on his schedule for the day.

There are lots (too many to count!) of times that my husband runs out the door and forgets his breakfast/lunch/dinner, which leads to eating out or not eating at all.  He also runs in to times that he only has a few minutes to eat before getting back on position and finds himself hungry again only an hour or so after eating.

I figured that these smoothies would appeal to him, but I was surprised to find how much I liked these smoothies as well!  There are lots (too many to count!) of times that I realize during quiet time in the afternoons that I haven’t eaten at all — I rarely have breakfast or lunch, and then I eat almost consistently from the early afternoon until I go to bed.  Not a very good plan.  🙁

RightSize smoothies are easy for my husband to have on the go as a quick meal supplement to make it through his shift, and they are excellent for me first thing in the morning to make sure that I have energy and a more balanced plan for eating through the day.

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“Our RightSize smoothies can fit right into your hectic routine and help you achieve your health goals — getting you to the size that you think is right for you. Our smoothies contain a fiber and protein combination that will smash your hunger, so you’ll feel satisfied and stay that way for over 2 hours. They are so delicious you’ll enjoy them just for the taste, and are so simple to make. Just mix 1 scoop smoothie mix with 8oz of skim milk or the drink of your choice. Easy!”

These RightSize smoothies come in four different flavors:

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vanilla

 SkinniVanilli

 

cappuccino

 Leano Cappuccino

 

chocolate

 Lean Cocoa Bean

 

There are many options for purchasing, from a large 60-day supply of two larger tubs of RightSize smoothie mix to the smaller single-serve packets to take with you on the go.  RightSize offers a Weight Loss Plan to help you determine how much you should buy for your weight loss goals.  We were sent a large tub of the Lean Cocoa Bean and also a set of the single-serve packets.  We LOVED the chocolate flavor, but we also enjoyed using the Slend-a-Berry flavor in other recipes that can be found on the RightSize website.

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One Dandy reader will win the same set that we received in the mail — one large tub of Lean Cocoa Bean (30 servings) and a set of the single-serve packets!  Enter below to win!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, February 2nd, and emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by RightSize, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Nature’s Hand Granola {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My hometown is a couple hundred miles from where I went to college, and whenever a summer or Christmas vacation ended, I would make a monstrous batch of granola to eat on the plane and keep me fed for several days while I was too busy with the new semester to go grocery shopping.  Still today, whenever I eat granola, I have fond memories of starting school again, the rush of new classes and schedules, and missing home.

I eat a lot of granola.  Its such a treat to me!  Like a glorified breakfast for special occasions.  However, not all granolas are created equally.  Believe me that there are mediocre granolas and really great ones.  Nature’s Hand granola does not disappoint!  Honestly, the best I’ve tried, hands down.  I ate it for breakfast.  Delicious.  I threw some on yogurt. Delicious.  I grabbed a handful on my way out the door. Delicious.  I tried some with crunchy O’s cereal.  Delicious.  No, I didn’t share any of it.  Methinks that even if you’re not a granola-lover like I am, Nature’s Hand granola will turn you into one.

After I had been ravenously consuming my two delicious bags of Nature’s Hand granola, I went back to my regular store-brand granola, and could definitely taste a difference.  Suddenly, I was more aware of the extra added sugars, sodium, and preservatives.  I was so sad to be out of my scrumptious, but also quite health-savy, granola from Nature’s Hand.  Listen to this: “made with roasted oats and wheat, tasty nuts and seeds and delicately sweetened with caramelized brown sugar and honey”.  Doesn’t that sound wholesome and purely all-natural?  What really struck my eye is how it is full of fiber and protein—two things I am particularly trying to focus on right now.

“Nature’s Hand offers women and their families a healthy, convenient and affordable breakfast and snack option to suit their lifestyles.”

Agreed.  I was certainly feeling healthy and really enjoying it at the same time.  And get this: 6 different flavors — French Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Delight, Wild Blueberry, Raisin Hazelnut, Cinnamon Apple, Maple Pecan.  And I had to choose only two!  My first choice, Cinnamon Apple, was an excellent choice.  I thought it had the perfect consistency, tasted just like oven-baked homemade, and I loved the chewy dried apples that made it kind of  like a trail mix to me.  I also tried the Maple Pecan, which was also dreamy.   It had a rich maple flavor that is always comforting in the morning, and the crunchy pecans were just the right size and flavor.

What else can I say?  I’m a granola connoisseur, and Nature’s Hand is my all-time favorite granola now!  You can find Nature’s Hand at supermarkets, specialty grocery stores and other online stores for a suggested retail price of $4.99.  Aren’t you dying to try some?!

One lucky winner will receive TWO FREE BAGS of your choice from Nature’s Hand granola!  Yummm!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Friday, September 28st and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within a week, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Nature’s Hand, but all opinions are strictly my own

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